Washington County updates GIS data

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Washington County Geographic Information Systems Office recently completed an up-to-date GIS data set that can be used by developers to plan and engineer commercial, industrial and residential developments, as well as municipal, county and state government functions.

This project began in September 2017 and was completed in August, according to a news release from the county. Funding for the $120,000 project was a partnership between the county and an Appalachian Regional Commission grant, with each contributing an equal share of the cost. The city of Hagerstown also contributed $1,000.

High-accuracy, aerial photographs were used to outline roads (paved and unpaved), driveways, parking areas, public sidewalks, other paved areas, railroads, buildings, lakes, ponds, creeks and rivers, and major power lines. These features were mapped to a 2-foot accuracy, the release states.

The county also has an online GIS data request service. People can go to www.wash co-md.net/gis-home/gis-or der-data/ to a request any of the data layers the county has approved for public use. A link is then sent to them for a free download of the data. The data is available in GIS format (ESRI Geodatabase) or Auto CAD format (DWG).